Thanksgiving reminds us of the gratitude we feel for our friends and family. According to AAA, 49.3 million Americans will typically drive long distances to see their loved ones. This year, you may not be driving as far, but the risks of the road are still present. Unfortunately, drunk driving remains a problem throughout the holidays.
How Dangerous Are the Roads on Thanksgiving?
No one expects a tragedy on Thanksgiving. However, the holiday weekend does see a spike in reckless driving.
- Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday for road travel according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- The percentage of alcohol-related traffic fatalities is always higher on Thanksgiving than the annual average.
- One-third of all traffic fatalities over the holiday in recent years involved drunk drivers.
- The National Safety Council reports 400 fatalities and 47,000 nonfatal injuries from crashes are possible this weekend.
How You Can Make the Holiday Safer
Everyone can make a difference. Drive safely this Thanksgiving so no one has to experience an accident.
- Be your family’s reliable driver or designate one within your family before heading out.
- Don’t chance buzzed driving. Your ability to steer and see clearly is already diminished at a 0.05 blood alcohol concentration level.
- Be a gracious host and offer a place to stay the night for guests who shouldn’t drive.
Practice safe driving this holiday weekend. Sam & Ash, LLP believe your well-being is something to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. But accidents do happen. When they do, you deserve to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. It starts with a free call to discuss how we can help make things right. We are here for you any time at 1 (800) 304-2000. We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!